Business Internships

Internship Experiences

An agent of HOPE in Rwanda

– Benjamin Hargrove, Class of 2013

Ben Hargrove - Internship Experience

I spent the summer of 2012 working as a finance intern for HOPE International in Kigali, Rwanda. I was given the opportunity to design and test a program that will allow HOPE to … Read more

Working at ‘America’s bank’ in Washington D.C.

– Drew Van der Werff, Class of 2013

Drew Van der Werff - Internship Experience

It has been my honor to represent the George Fox University School of Business in Washington D.C., both last summer (2012) at the Federal Reserve and the previous semester while interning for … Read more

Undergraduate students in George Fox's College of Business routinely gain practical business acumen prior to graduation through the school's internship program.

Emphasis on Business Experience

Students who enroll in one of George Fox's seven undergraduate business majors won't be relagated to learning out of a textbook. They can learn firsthand from business professionals in real-world work environments.

Internship opportunities are planned in the Newberg and Portland, Ore., areas, as well as in China – a country George Fox has aggressively partnered with, both in terms of student recruitment and business engagement.

Participants will include businesses in the nonprofit sector, small businesses, entrepreneurial ventures and multi-million-dollar corporations. Interns will work in finance, accounting, sales, management, marketing and in environments that offer the chance to learn all facets of business practice.

Internships List

Company internships our students have had or are currently in process with include:

The College of Business hosted an Internship Spotlight event to highlight internship experiences. Click here to read about the evening and students' takeaways from it.

Service-oriented Approach

As part of its commitment to social responsibility, the School of Business is committed to service-oriented projects, such as taking on real-world case studies as part of the business curriculum. Rather than doing these studies out of a textbook, for instance, classes will offer consulting services to a business in the community.

Such class projects achieve a twofold purpose: They provide students with the opportunity to apply what they've learned in class to a tangible business scenario, and the client benefits from the expertise of a team and avoids the substantial cost of hiring a consulting firm.

VPs, CEOs Visit Campus

In addition to arranging internships off campus, the school is committed to exposing students to business professionals – including company CEOs and VPs – through in-class lecture appearances and as part of the Executive in Residence program. Recent in-class guests have included Bob Moore from Bob’s Red Mill of Milwaukie, Ore.; Frank Thom, head of industry for Google’s technology sector; and Kris Ordaz, VP of digital strategy and marketing for Katylyst.

The Executive in Residence Day is designed to bring business executives to campus to engage students and faculty in the critical business issues of the day. Executives attend and participate in actual business classes, informally network with students and give a public lecture at the end of the day.

Past Executives in Residence

National Accreditation

The George Fox College of Business is accredited nationally with the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). The college offers seven undergraduate business majors – in accounting, economics, finance, global business, entrepreneurship, marketing
and management.

From the Director

Jeff VandenHoek

As director of business relations for the George Fox College of Business, Jeff VandenHoek is focused on building relationships with the business community and connecting students with those with industry expertise. All connections support enhanced, dynamic learning opportunities and practical experiences necessary for student learning and early career success.

"I love the privilege and responsibility for supporting student learning success through intentional business connections. Listening to a business expert share in a class, experiencing a group of students sharing their report findings to an executive team in a 12th-floor conference room in downtown Portland, and hearing from an employer who just had an excellent internship experience with one of our fine students ... these are the dynamic learning and business engagements that breathe life into our great programs. In this new position for the School of Business, I get to build upon the great programs we currently have and help them become even better!"

– Jeff VandenHoek

Learn More

Want to learn more about potential internships?
Contact Jeff VandenHoek, director of business relations.

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